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Old 10-28-2009, 09:51 PM
Location: Maine
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So I know these types of threads have been done a million times but I am going to do another one. I read through most of the threads on moving to NYC, but my situation differs slightly. I am fortunate enough to have a generous uncle who owns an apartment in manhattan on the westside in greenwich village. I am currently living in Maine and have recently graduated from college with a B.S. in Marketing, but I am having a tough time finding work in this State. He offered to let me rent his place (he lives in NJ) for a rather cheap price. Its a two bedroom apartment fairly good size for the city. Rent would be sub 900 a month. What I am asking is how much money should I save, and what would be a rough monthly budget for stuff down there (as in cost of food, cable, internet, etc.). Also, I understand most people have said to have a job before you move, but this is proving rather difficult. If I can not secure a job before I move, how much should I save to last me 3 months?

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Old 10-29-2009, 12:26 PM
Location: Manhattan
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Sub $900 for a Greenwich village 2bdrm???

I'd say get some roomates, charge them $1000 each and you make the profit. Or at least get 1 other roomate, charge him $1500 for his own bdrm and you have extra $400/mo in cash flow.

To answer your question:
cable/internet: about $100/mo
food: $300-$600/mo (if you do groceries or eat cheaply: this is equivalent to $10 to $20/day)
ent: $200-$500/mo (since you don't have a job, this is unnecessary)
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:28 PM
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I'd say you could do food for more like $200-$400. A roommate would be a practical idea, but no need to rip him off - $700-$1200 would be reasonable, depending on what the apartment/building is like. Also, it would be nice for you in terms of not being alone. Perhaps someone else in your graduating class is moving here?

I suggest you talk at length with your uncle, asking his advice AND permission about a roommate. It will also help if he understands your financial problems.

Marketing is now considered a science?
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:55 PM
Location: Maine
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Yeah, its a B.S. not a B.A.

I was going to have a roommate, but he only wants me to be there, so he can keep a room for when he wants to visit the city.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:27 PM
Location: New York, NY
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Paintman111- Please do not take this the wrong way.... but I want to kill you out of insane jealousy. That is a SWEET deal you are getting there.

The West village is an awesome neighborhood. You will love it.

good luck on the job front. I am sure you will find something.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:14 PM
Location: Orlando
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Everyone says to have a job first, but its really hard to get a job here w/ out living here. What I did was just before I was going to move, I sent my resume out stating the date I would be living in NYC. A few people emailed me and said to come in then. Or even send your resume out the day before you're going to move w/ your nyc address. Get as many interviews lined up as you can. And yea I wouldn't hesitate for a second for a 900 dollar apartment in the west village. I could find you a roomate in 5 minutes to pay that for the other room. save a few thousand I would say.
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